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Mother's Day

Teaching technology sustains creative outlet

Teaching technology sustains creative outlet

To his students, Relay native Brad Sweet, 32, is a technology teacher at Lindale Middle School in Anne Arundel County.

But many in the Catonsville and Arbutus area know him for his talent sculpting replicas of homes and other objects into intricate birdhouses.

Sweet began building birdhouses at 14. When he didn't have any money to buy his mother a Mother's Day gift, he made her one instead, using recycled materials like soda cans and wood scraps.

The birdhouses took off from there. Family friends and neighbors began commissioning him to build them similar works of art.

Over time, he developed a process of personalizing the birdhouses to reflect each individual's...